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2018 to 2019 Challenge Procedure & Schedule
 

Below is the Quebec Challenge Cup schedule for the 2018-19 season. If a Club does not wish to challenge or cannot meet the date, the challenge will be passed to the next Club. The Club must advise the Branch in writing that they do not wish to challenge.

It is the responsibility of the winning team to contact Jim Mastine or Robert Dods. They will advise the challenging club who is the present holder and the person they should communicate with. Following this contact it will be the responsibility of the two (2) clubs to strictly adhere to this schedule.
Jim Mastine: email – mastine@sympatico.ca
Tel: 819-845-7725
Robert Dods: email: RWDods@gmail.com
Tel: 514-695-9796   cell: 514-246-4940

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Challenge NO.       Club                            vs                                Before/Avant

986                 Alexandria             Montreal Thistle                   Oct. 21, 2018
987                 Renfrew                 Winner/Gagnant 986              Nov. 11, 2018
988                 Brownsburg          Winner/Gagnant 987              Dec. 2, 2018
989                 Lachine                 Winner/Gagnant 988              Dec. 30, 2018
990                 Otterburn Legion   Winner/Gagnant 989              Jan. 13, 2019
991                 Cumberland          Winner/Gagnant 990              Feb. 3, 2019
992                 Pembroke              Winner/Gagnant 991              Feb. 24, 2019
993                Town of Mt. Royal  Winner/Gagnant 992              Mar. 10, 2019
994                 Arnprior                Winner/Gagnant 993              Apr. 14, 2019

 

History
The Quebec Challenge Cup is the oldest competitive trophy in North America. It has been continually contested since 1874. The series is open to any club involved with the OVCA or Curling Quebec as an event under the Canadian Branch. Due to the vast number of clubs waiting to challenge for the Cup, it is typically a 5-7 year cycle to get another chance to challenge for this large, prestigious trophy.

The Quebec Challenge involves having a 10-end double rink curling game. At the conclusion of each challenge, the Cup is awarded to the club with the highest aggregate score.

There are many traditions that have been maintained throughout these 100 plus years of competition. The host club welcomes the opposition with pre-game libations. After five ends of curling, the teams stack their brooms, take a half-time break and enjoy more refreshments and enlightening conversations. Back to finish the competition, and when the scores are tallied and the winner is determined, it is time to head inside to enjoy even more rituals that come with the Quebec Challenge. A post- game meal is prepared by the host club and enjoyed by all. And finally it is time for the cup to be filled, not with just any beverage, but with a Rusty Nail of mammoth proportion, that is not to be enjoyed solely by the winning team, but is to be passed from player to player on every team until the cup is emptied.